Tyson just announced that it no longer would carry beef from cattle fed the drug Zilmax, a drug that contains ractopamine. This voluntary change by a company that thrives on selling factory-farmed animal products followed on the heels of reports of cattle given Zilmax walking on the tiptoes or sitting like dogs or displaying other behavior that could only be due to illness and discomfort. Pigs have long been fed this drug and the results include hyperactivity, trembling, broken limbs, inability to walk, and death. These drugs are also used in chickens and turkeys.
That is to say, the drug is widely fed to animals in this country since its approval in 1999. In contrast, it is banned in many others including the European Economic Union, Russia, and China. Yes, even China with its questionable safety record has rejected meat from this country because it was tainted with ractopamine. But rather than follow the lead of these Continue reading
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Historically, rapeseed oil was used as a heating, lighting, and lubrication oil. In fact, Canadian rapeseed production grew out of the critical shortage of rapeseed oil that followed the World War II blockade of European and Asian sources in the early 1940′s. The oil was urgently needed as a lubricant for the rapidly increasing number of marine engines in naval and merchant ships. Rapeseed oil was not a food.
Rapeseed oil was not widely consumed because 30 to 60% of its fats are in the form of erucic acid. Erucic acid is a toxin that causes myocardial lipidosis (fatty degeneration of the heart) and damages the heart muscle in animals. As a result, the government monitors and limits the erucic acid content in our food. In the 1970s, using a variety of hybridizing techniques, researchers created a variety of rapeseed with a low erucic acid content. This variety, canola oil, was brought to market as a very Continue reading
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What are high oleic oils?
The food industry profits by selling foods made from inexpensive ingredients with long shelf lives. Not all that long ago, transfats were added to our foods because they fully met these requirements. Then, in the 1950s, studies began to show that transfats were not healthy but, lacking definitive proof of problems, transfats remained in our foods. By 1996, scientists estimated that transfats had caused some 20,000 deaths. Faced with a threat of an outright ban on transfats and the fact that customers no longer wanted transfats in their foods, the food industry realized it was going to have to reformulate its fats. They began looking for a replacement for transfats. Continue reading
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Grains and B Vitamins
Sometimes those on the Elimination Phase of the TQI diet worry that they may become deficient in vitamin B because they are not eating many grains. Those worries are actually misplaced because it is near impossible to become B deficient while eating a healthy diet.
First, the TQI diet does not elimnate grains as a choice for those who wish to eat grains. It definitely strictly limits the amount of refined grain in the diet but this is good from the stand point of vitamin B: Refining removes vitamin B from grains and that is why people living on a diet of white rice often developed beri-beri, a disease caused by a lack of B1. Continue reading
We have all been taught that a calorie is a calorie and fat is fat. This knowledge comes from the field of food chemistry. But we are not test tubes and what may be true in a food chemistry lab is not necessarily true in our body.
A recent study looked at calories burned in individuals on various types of diets and found that diet type affected how food calories were metabolized. This, of course, mirrors our class discussions: How you metabolize calories depends on what you eat and the circumstances under which you eat. In the calorie burning study, a small group of individuals were scrutinized closely as they ate three different types of diets: A low-fat, a low-glycemic, and a low-carbohydrate diet. Continue reading
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Many scientists think that man-made chemicals with an estrogenic effect (xenoestrogens) increase breast cancer incidence. As well, many argue that estrogenic plant compounds (phytoestrogens) also cause breast cancers. So the recent study comparing the effects of the xenoestrogen bisphenol-A (BPA) and the phytoestrogen genistein from soy is of great interest. Continue reading
Coffee drinkers can breathe a sigh of relief as they down their second or even third cup of coffee for the day: The latest coffee study shows no negative health effects accumulating over time.
Coffee’s caffeine delivers a jolt that speeds up the heart. That jolt increased blood pressure according to early studies. It also can raise
homocysteine levels, a marker of inflammation in the body, as well as total and LDL cholesterol levels. Other studies reported an increase in heart attacks and stroke in the hour after coffee was imbibed. This data, of course, led to the perception that coffee drinking is harmful. Continue reading